After nearly closing because of a lack of funding, the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Human Rights Center will live to fight another day.
Last week, the center was almost forced to close its doors at 107 Barnes St. due to a shortage of funds, said Judith Blau, the center’s executive director.
The center — which was created in 2009 to provide housing and education resources to low-income people and immigrants — was relying on money from the sale of its two apartments in Collins Crossing Apartment Homes to stay afloat.
HUMAN RIGHTS CENTER
The Chapel Hill/Carrboro Human Rights Center was founded in February 2009 and runs several programs:
- The center runs education programs, including an after-school tutoring program at Mary Scroggs Elementary School.
- With the Farmer FoodShare program, volunteers bring food to the center from farmers’ markets on Saturdays.
- The center also runs a community garden, was started by UNC students.
Blau, a retired UNC sociology professor, said employees were unsure if the sale would go through in time — leading employees of the center to fear they would be unable to make mortgage payments on the house that serves as the center’s headquarters.
But this week, Empowerment Inc., a Chapel Hill nonprofit that helps homeless or disabled people find affordable housing, secured the resources to finalize its purchase of the center’s apartments.